Stormont Vail Health announced the closures, The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2d417em ) reports. Officials said the 4 percent Medicaid cuts, totaling $3 million in reduced reimbursements, and the state’s failure to expand Medicaid were the main factors in the organization’s decision to close the clinics.
Stormont Vail spokeswoman Nancy Burkhardt said the decision was made so Stormont Vail could put services where they reach the most people.
The Cotton O’Neil Lyndon clinic is scheduled to close Dec. 31, and the Cotton O’Neil Alma clinic is set to close Jan. 31, 2017. Stormont Vail said patients will receive letters describing how to transition their care, and efforts will be made to provide employment for staff affected by the closures.
Lyndon Mayor Chris Cole said the closure will hurt the small town.
“I know there are several, including myself, who use that office quite a bit. We were very encouraged and excited when the clinic opened. It is disappointing to hear that our community will lose local access to these much needed medical services. Many of our residences are low-income and have limited access to transportation,” Cole said.
Burkhardt says 1,900 patients use the Lyndon clinic, and 800 patients use the Alma clinic.
Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com